As the close of the transfer window hastily approaches, Arsenal are still eagerly trying to add to their squad following the recent departures of Robin van Persie and Alex Song. While there remains some doubt as to whether manager Arsene Wenger will strengthen his front line having already signed Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski, the Frenchman has admitted the need to bolster his midfield options.
Mounting speculation has suggested that Nuri Sahin will join on a season-long loan from Real Madrid, but no deal has yet been confirmed by either club. Real coach Jose Mourinho has, though, been discussing the potential move.
"It can teach him particular characteristics of play that he doesn't have at the moment," Mourinho said, according to Reuters . "I couldn't care less if he goes to Arsenal, or Liverpool or Tottenham. I have no preference.
"With Nuri we have proposals on the table," he added.
The Daily Mail have said that a deal taking Sahin to the Emirates has already gone through. According to their sources, the hitch over an insertion of a £14 million buy-out clause in the loan agreement has now been resolved between the parties.
There has also been further speculation about long-standing Arsenal target Yann M'Vila. The Mail claims that three clubs have made offers for France international midfielder-Tottenham, Zenit St Petersburg and another, believed to be Arsenal.
According to quotes from Rennes director Pierre Dreossi, the 21-year-old's future could finally be decided by the end of the week.
While M'Vila would appear to have the perfect mix of tenacity and quality on the ball to fill the defensive midfield berth at the Emirates, Wenger is said to have been discouraged by the player's disciplinary problems both on and off the pitch in recent times.
Arsenal are also been linked to another holding midfielder on Wednesday with Caught Offside suggesting the Gunners could be set for a surprising move for Newcastle's Cheick Tiote. The Ivorian has impressed on Tyneside since moving from FC Twente two years ago and has been mentioned as a possible target for both Chelsea and Manchester United in recent times.
Given that Newcastle are likely to demand a significantly inflated price for the 26-year-old, a move to the Emirates appears highly unlikely at this stage.
There have also been reports in Spain claiming that Arsenal are about to launch a bid for Sevilla winger Jesus Navas. AS alleges that Wenger has been a long-time admirer of the Spain international and has been encouraged to make an offer following the recommendation of recent arrival Santi Cazorla. After the windfall received from the sales of Van Persie and Song, Arsenal could be set to test the waters with a €15 million bid.
According to AS, however, the offer is almost certain to be rejected by the La Liga outfit.
After initially having his international career hampered by anxiety that struck on trips abroad, Jesus Navas has become a fixture in Spanish squads. The 26-year-old provided valuable width off the bench for Vicente del Bosque's side during their triumphs at the 2010 World Cup and this summer's European Championship.
While a move for a winger may not seem a pressing need at Arsenal, that may soon change. Theo Walcott has entered the final year of his contract and has been linked with moves to Liverpool and Chelsea this summer.
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